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XEDU-502 - Program Evaluation Design

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In this advanced course on designing program and policy evaluation instruments, participants will apply the theories, principles and processes introduced in the first two courses in the certificate program (Program Planning, Analysis & Evaluation and Research Methods). This capstone course is designed as a workshop to create an outline of an actual program or policy evaluation (student’s choice of topic). The final project will cover all components of an evaluation including planning, methodology, research design, data collection, and analysis of results. Participants will present their outlines and identify how the results can be used to make meaningful change in future programs and policies.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Identify appropriate models, approaches, and designs for program and policy evaluations

Specify necessary steps in the evaluation design process

Develop implementation plans for programs and policy evaluations including:

  • Identifying appropriate methodologies for specific evaluations
  • Collecting data (including the IRB application process)
  • Analyzing results
  • Preparing evaluation reports

Understand and identify factors affecting program and policy evaluations including political, resource, ethical, and time limits

Prepare and critique a memorandum of agreement outlining a specific program or policy evaluation design that will meet professional standards


Mona Levine has over thirty years of experience in leadership, administration and instruction in both research universities and community colleges. She is currently a higher education consultant after serving as Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at the U...
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